Tiger: Back pain no longer 'debilitating'

Tiger Woods will be sidelined indefinitely after surgery on his back.

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Tiger Woods on Monday hardly sounded like someone who will be ready to play in the June 12-15 U.S. Open at Pinehurst or even his own tournament, the June 26-29 Quicken Loans National.

Recovering from March 31 microdiscectomy surgery that dealt with a pinched back nerve, Woods said he has been able to chip and putt but that there is no timetable on when he can make full swings.

“There’s no date,” the 14-time major champion said at a news conference in Bethesda, Md., promoting the Quicken Loans event at Congressional. “We’re taking it day by day. It won’t be up to me. It’ll be up to the docs.”

Woods said that once he feels “explosive” again with his full swing, it shouldn’t take more than a couple of weeks before he is able to play a tournament again. He said one positive of the layoff is that he can get his short game sharp.

If he can’t play the Open, he will have missed 25 percent (six of 24) of major championships since the last of his major titles – at the 2008 Open at Torrey Pines on a broken leg. If he’s still sidelined during the Quicken Loans National that benefits his foundation, he will have missed it four of eight years.

“I’d like to play now,” Woods said at the Congressional media day. “I’d like to go play with you guys today even though I don’t like to play with you guys (laughs). I miss the game.”

Woods said he had trouble getting out of bed before the surgery and wondered, “Am I actually going to be able to do this (play golf at a high level) again.” But he said the procedure provided “immediate relief.”

Since, he said he has undergone “tedious” daily workouts, fought the urge to do too much with his two young children and passed time by playing video games for hours upon hours.

Woods said he will make adjustments to his workout routine once he fully recovers but added, “I still want to feel explosive, strong and mobile.”

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